Calabar Carnival: Veritable Tool For Jobs Creation – Lai Mohammed

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
    described the Calabar Carnival as a veritable platform for job
    creation and the promotion of creativity among Nigerians.The Minister made the remarks in Calabar, Cross River State, on
    Saturday during the tour of some carnival bands ahead of Sunday’s
    flag-off the Third Dry Run of the 2017 Calabar Carnival.

    He said the Carnival has grown beyond being a mere street procession
    and dancing to a venture that is positively impacting on the economy
    and the unity of the country.

    “What we have seen today is an industry that is making use of the
    abundant talents of Nigerians not just in dancing but even in
    manufacturing and creativity. We have seen the shoes that they are
    going to wear, they are made in Nigeria – the design and materials. So
    Calabar Carnival provides that platform to give vent to your creative
    energy,” he said.

    Alhaji Mohammed highlighted the critical role of the themes of each
    band, which include “Climate Change”, “Bush Burning” and
    “Environmental Degradation”, describing the themes as topical issues
    in the global discourse on the ecosystem.

    He expressed delight that the Calabar Carnival has keyed into the
    vision of President Muhammadu Buhari towards promoting locally-made
    products in order to make the country self-reliant economically.

    “The President said until Nigeria produces what it consumes and grows
    what it eats, it cannot be economically independent… This is a very
    good example of made-in-Nigeria both in terms of materials, in terms
    of the labour force and creativity. So I am really very fulfilled
    coming here because I see how much the carnival is contributing not
    just to the economy but to bringing individuals to self-reliance,” he

    The Minister used the occasion to commend the band managers, whom he
    described as patriots who are actually not driven by profit but by the
    passion and commitment to grow the nation’s economy.

    He also appealed to the private sector to show more interest in the
    Calabar Carnival because of its huge impact on the economy.

    Alhaji Mohammed visited the Freedom and Seagull Bands and inspected
    their costume-making factories, which employ a lot of people in
    shoe-making, tailoring, weaving and knitting, among others.


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